Eric Fèvre and the London Marathon
On 22nd April 2001, Eric ran The London Marathon, in London, UK. As with all marathons, the course was 42.195 km or 26 miles 385 yards long.
According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Marathon was first held at the revival of the Olympic Games at Athens, Greece, in 1896, to commemorate the legendary feat of a Greek soldier who, in 490 BC, is supposed to have run from Marathon to Athens, a distance of about 40 kilometres (25 miles), to bring news of the Athenian victory over the Persians. He died of exhaustion on arrival! The first non-Olympic marathon was in Boston in 1897, and the London Marathon has been held since 1981.
See my London Marathon photos here
The Marathon Course crosses and loops around central and East London (the numbers relate to mile posts, and there are three different starts to accomodate the huge numbers of runners):
I'd like to thank everyone who sponsored me for this event. I was able to raise a substantial sum in sponsorship, somewhere in the region of
£1000, that's about US$ 1400
which, is going towards supportive care for meningitis, following my Aunt's illness in 2000. When they are ready, I'll put some pictures on this page. I'll update this site with the actual total raised once I know, as most of the money will only come in now that the event is over.
Over 32,000 runners took part on the day. I was placed 19,157th. Despite the groovy micro-chip that all the runners wore, the official times were from the start gun, and not the actual time of crossing the start line itself. I was quite far back in the mass of runners, and it took me about 11 minutes to cross the start. I came in about 10 minutes or 1000 runners behind Sir Steven Redgrave, the Olympic rower.
My official time was 5:05:27....and my true time was 4:54:34. For those whose sponsorship of me was dependent on running in under 5 hours, I'll leave it to you to decide which time to go by!
My split times (corrected for when I actually crossed the start line) are
The breakdown for the official times can be seen on the London Marathon website.
- 10 km - 57:39
- 20 km - 1:59:11
- Half way - 2:06:11
- 30 km - 3:13:15
- 40 km - 4:39:23
My London Marathon photos
Many thanks to everyone who wished me luck and extra-special thanks to those who came along on the day and cheered me and all the other runners along the course. When the pain started at mile 16/17, that encouragement really made a difference.
My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to get in touch.